Every year, Food & Wine magazine releases a cookbook packed with the best recipes of the last 365 days. Hear that? Food & Wine. Best recipes of the year. Any page you turn to will sport a winner, but while Oktoberfest rages on, memorize this sausage recipe, make it for a crowd and celebrate the great fall festival with hard cider. And/or beer.
- 1 dried chipotle chile
- 2 granny smith apples, halved and cored, plus 1/2 an apple cut into matchsticks for garnish (optional)
- 1 cup rye bread, crusts removed and bread torn into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup Hard Cider
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- kosher salt
- 4 (4-ounce) smoked pork sausages or cheddar wursts
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- In a bowl, cover the chipotle with hot water and let stand until softened, 30 minutes.
- Bake the halved apples cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet for 30 minutes, until tender. Let cool.
- Scoop the apple pulp into a food processor and discard the skins.
- Stem, seed and chop the chipotle; add it to the food processor and puree.
- Meanwhile, spread the bread in a pie plate and bake the pieces for about 10 minutes, until golden.
- In a saucepan, boil the hard cider with the vinegar, sugar and apple puree.
- Simmer, stirring, until reduced to 3/4 cup, 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and season with salt.
- Light a grill.
- Grill the sausages over moderate heat, turning, until lightly charred on both sides and cooked through, 12 minutes.
- Transfer to a plate and tent with foil.
- In a skillet, heat the oil until shimmering.
- Add the broccoli and season with salt. Cover and cook until browned, 2 minutes.
- Stir in the mustard, caraway, cider sauce and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the butter and season with salt.
- Serve the sausages with the broccoli and sauce, garnishing with the bread crumbs and apple matchsticks.
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